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Gerald A Ricciardi
August 5, 1940 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Gerald (Jerry) Ricciardi, 83, of Southington passed away on November 24, 2023. He was the loving father of Nicole Ricciardi and Krista Pisano. Born August 5, 1940 in Waterbury, Gerald was a son of the late John and Pierina (Abbate) Ricciardi.
Gerald received a bachelor’s degree in French Literature from The College of the Holy Cross. He spent his career as a private investigator, first for insurance companies, and then for his own company, Charter Oak Claims Service. Family was the center of his life. He never missed a game, concert, or recital of his grandchildren. He was their buddy and “Peepa.” Gerald also enjoyed anything outdoors but particularly fishing, golfing, and gardening. He had a longtime love/hate relationship with the New York Giants and loved talking football with his grandson and son in law.
Gerald was of devout Catholic faith. He was a long-time communicant, and active volunteer, of the Basilica of the Immaculate. Gerald also volunteered in the Pastoral Care Department at Waterbury Hospital. In his last days of illness, reading scripture brought him much solace.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Nicole Ricciardi of Chicago, daughter Krista and her husband Kristopher Pisano of Southington, his sister Vivian Rosenthal of Waterbury, grandchildren Spenser, Connor, and Natalie Pringle and Madelynne and Leilana Pisano. He is also survived by his niece Marilyn and nephews James and Paul Ricciardi and many friends. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Jack, sister Anita, and nephew Stephen Ricciardi.
Visitation for Gerald will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 5 pm to 7pm at Prospect Memorial/The Palmerie Family Funeral Home, 122 Waterbury Rd., Prospect. A Celebration of Life service will immediately follow at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on December 5, 2023 at 10am at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 W. Main St., Waterbury. Everyone planning to attend mass is kindly asked to meet directly at the church. Prospect Memorial/ The Palmerie Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Ricciardi family. Please share your condolences at www.prospectmemorial.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his grandson’s honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at https://www.jdrf.org